Mass Housing Programme delivers 119 houses


The Mass Housing Development Programme has made another deposit of 119 houses at Matutura Extension 9 in Swakopmund, narrowing the housing gap in the country.

The Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Erastus Uutoni, says this shows the government's commitment to addressing the housing backlog.

The 119 houses that were handed over are the last batch of the 319 houses that were given to New Era Investments for completion in 2022.

Uutoni noted, with great appreciation, that the 319 houses have been completed ahead of schedule.

Over 30% of young people aged 13-15 use tobacco products


Namibia's laws do not currently regulate new and emerging tobacco products such as hubbly bubbly, vapes, and e-cigarettes.

The Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Utjiua Muinjangue, has called on stakeholders to address the gaps as they propose amendments to the Tobacco Products Control Act.

Stakeholders have gathered at Swakopmund to identify gaps and review the Tobacco Products Act.

Despite the introduction of the law in 2010, there is still an increase in tobacco product use among communities, especially among youth.

Destitute Ndama family receives help


A destitute family at the Ndama location in the Kavango East Region is moving on from sleeping in makeshift structures, thanks to assistance received.

The family has found it difficult to meet basic needs.  

Fifty-three-year-old Natalia Mbako and her family of nine moved to the outskirts of Rundu's Ndama location a few years ago after leaving Nkurenkuru for greener pastures, so they thought.  

Their pursuit for a better life never materialised, and the family found themselves without a proper shelter while surviving on handouts from community members. 

SSC employee reflects on paternity leave experience this Father's Day


The Social Security Commission (SSC) is one of the few local entities offering paternity leave to employees. 

On this Father's Day, our news team caught up with one of their workers who has benefited from the paternity leave policy. 

This is Arcanjo Paulus. When he is not working as a registrar at the Social Security Commission in Rundu, he spends most of his time with his family.

He has been with the Social Security Commission for almost a decade and was allowed 10 days of paternity leave in 2019 when his son was born.

Kavango West RC empowers youth-led vegetable project


The Kavango West Regional Council is committed to supporting its community members through various initiatives.

Recently, the Council provided assistance to the Greater Hill vegetable gardening project in Namutuntu village in the Mpungu Constituency, which is managed by two young men.

Before receiving this support, the duo relied on two 10-litre watering cans to irrigate their garden.

After recognizing their dedication, the Councillor for the Mpungu Constituency, Titus Shiudifonya, presented their case to the regional council.

Keetmanshoop Rotary Club launches with focus on community well-being


During the launch of the Keetmanshoop Rotary Club, Rotary District 9350 Governor Ann Wright urged fellow rotarians to contribute to the well-being of society.

Wright emphasized the core values of Rotary, focusing on key areas such as fighting diseases, supporting the environment, education, literacy, maternal and child health, water and sanitation, disease prevention and treatment, peace building, and conflict prevention.

15-year-old Francisca Shihepo hopes to put her "talking" to practice


While many children go through life without discovering their true talents, 15-year-old Francisca Shihepo says she discovered early on that her talent is to 'talk'.

While kids can have a lot of interesting talents, 15-year-old Francisca Shihepo loves to talk. 

"I talk a lot; I even annoy my mom because I can't stop, I am inspired by Elago Shitaatala because she's confident and calm."

Namibian coalition petitions for implementation of Universal Basic Income Grant


A petition demanding the immediate implementation of a Universal Basic Income Grant in Namibia was officially received by Minister of Gender Equality, Poverty Eradication, and Social Welfare, Doreen Sioka, on behalf of President Nangolo Mbumba. 

This event followed a demonstration by petitioners who took to the streets of Windhoek to voice their demands.

Olufuko celebrates cultural identity and heritage in Outapi


Culture is not just a collection of traditions and practices, but rather it represents a source of pride that connects people to their roots and history, and offers them a sense of identity. 

These were the words of the Deputy Minister of Urban and Rural Development Evelyn !Nawases-Taeyele at the Olufuko Annual Cultural Festival Gala Dinner at Outapi. 

Culture and traditions are not leftovers of the past, but are in fact living expressions that continue to shape the present and guide the future.